Animoca Brands-Backed Game 'Wreck League' Puts Bored Apes Into the Storyline

The new game, launching in the next few weeks, will allow players to assemble giant robotic characters using collectible NFT parts.

AccessTimeIconAug 3, 2023 at 4:14 p.m. UTC
Updated Aug 3, 2023 at 4:24 p.m. UTC
  • Game developer and Animoca Brands subsidiary nWay is launching a Web3 mech fighting game called "Wreck League"
  • The NFT-based game will be incorporate four of Yuga Labs' collections into the game's storyline as part of a licensing deal

Game developer and Animoca Brands subsidiary nWay will soon release a new mech fighting game called "Wreck League" that will incorporate Yuga Labs' non-fungible token (NFT) projects as part of its storyline.

The new game, launching in the next few weeks, will allow players to assemble mechs, or giant robotic characters, using collectible NFT parts that can be moved around to create "1.5 quadrillion" different combinations. To start, players will need to mint a mech NFT, comprised of 10 mech parts that can be found inside boxes sold to those on the Wreck League allowlist.

While the Web3 version of the game requires a mech NFT and Ethereum-compatible wallet and will facilitate competitive game events and tournaments, developers promise a free-to-play, non-blockchain version of the game that will be available on a range of platforms, including iOS. In the Web2 version, players can also purchase non-NFT copies of mechs created on the blockchain, with an undisclosed portion of the revenue generated flowing back to the owners of the original mechs.

As part of season one of the game, nWay and Animoca Brands entered into a licensing agreement with Yuga Labs to incorporate four of its collections into the game's storyline: Bored Ape Yacht Club, Mutant Ape Yacht Club, Bored Ape Kennel Club and Otherside Kodas.

Taehoon Kim, CEO of nWay, told CoinDesk that while players won't be able to battle one another as Bored Apes, characters from Yuga Lab’s canonical universe, such as Curtis, Jimmy, Gary and Blue will be woven into the game's narrative. Kim considers this approach as part of the "non-canonical extended Yugaverse."

Wreck League (nWay)
Wreck League mechs about to battle (nWay)

"Wreck League’s universe is a distinct storyline that keeps Yuga Lab’s canonical universe separate," he explained.

Wreck League players have the opportunity to compete for on-chain prizes, including mech parts and booster boxes with varying rarities.

Web3 investment giant Animoca Brands is already connected to several popular blockchain games through its subsidiaries, including metaverse platform The Sandbox. Yuga Labs has also expanded into gaming, recently hiring chief gaming officer Spencer Tucker to help develop its Otherside metaverse and launching a number of mini-games to build out its ecosystem. On Monday, the company announced plans to acquire metaverse-focused gaming firm Roar Studios as part of its focus on Otherside.

Edited by Toby Leah Bochan.


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

Rosie Perper

Rosie Perper was the Deputy Managing Editor for Web3 and Learn, focusing on the metaverse, NFTs, DAOs and emerging technology like VR/AR. She has previously worked across breaking news, global finance, tech, culture and business. She holds a small amount of BTC and ETH and several NFTs. Subscribe to her weekly newsletter, The Airdrop.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk’s longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to to register and buy your pass now.